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Want to Stay in the Loop on #ABAannual? Follow @RecorderTweets


Justice Anthony Kennedy, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder will all be on hand this week for the American Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco—and so will The Recorder. Our reporters will be...

CA Supreme Court Entertains Prop 8 Backers' Stay Request


[Cheryl Miller] In what appears to be a last-gasp effort to save Proposition 8, same-sex marriage opponents have asked the California Supreme Court to immediately ban county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The Supreme Court’s response? Make...

Name Surfaces For Fogel's Seat


[Vanessa Blum] The White House at long last is closing in on a pick to fill the Northern District judicial seat once held by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman is the...

Technology Revolution a Challenge Even for Larry Sonsini


[Scott Graham] The lawyer most responsible for developing Silicon Valley's culture of entrepreneurship is feeling the pressure of disruptive change. Speaking to Santa Clara University law students this week, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati chairman Larry Sonsini described a legal...

DA Regrets Misconduct, Supreme Court Says Not So Fast


[Scott Graham] When the Sixth District Court of Appeal found “flagrant” prosecutorial misconduct in the case of Daniel Shazier last December, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office was contrite. "Based on the court's opinion, if I had it to...

Budget Chair Slams Courts for 'Irresponsible' Spending


[Cheryl Miller] Wednesday’s hearing of the subcommittee overseeing California courts started off like so many others have -– with another sad recital of the suffering that years of budget cuts have brought to the judiciary. And then Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield...

Meet Tigar, Hear Him Purr


[Vanessa Blum] There was a yin and yang to U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar’s investiture ceremony Thursday afternoon at the federal courthouse in San Francisco. The Northern District's newest judge was lauded first by a lover — longtime friend Dacher...

Lucasfilm Pregnancy Case Heading Back to Trial Court


[Scott Graham] The California Supreme Court may be feeling some pregancy discrimination fatigue. Six weeks after handing down its blockbuster decision in Harris v. City of Santa Monica, the high court on Wednesday said no thanks to a bitterly fought...

Is New Funding Formula Key to Governor's Judicial Happiness?


[Cheryl Miller] In the quest to answer Governor Jerry Brown's call to make trial court funding more equitable, a group of judges and court executives may have come up with a solution. The Funding Methodology Subcommittee, a Judicial Council bunch...

High Court Weighs Domestic Violence Case That Helped Unseat Hallinan


[Scott Graham] Ten years ago, the domestic violence murder of Claire Joyce Tempongko helped bring down San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan and put Kamala Harris in his place. Five years later, Harris' office put Tempongko's killer behind bars. On...